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The Camel Spider. One Camel Spider was described as, "having beady eyes, a hairy body, and jaws that bulged like Popeye's forearms, it was something from a nightmare!"

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The Camel Spider stories are legendary... Many of the stories on the internet are completely true and have been substantiated. . These creatures are (usually) not dangerous to humans. But, dangerous or not, these creatures are horrifying to encounter. I pity anyone who encounters one for the first time.


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Soldier in Iraq bitten by a Camel Spider. Yes, they can bite. If they do, there is always the possibility of infection. CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE THIS CAMEL SPIDER BITE!



Some common Camel Spider Myths:camel spider

1. Camel spiders can move at speeds over 30 MPH, screaming while they run.
2. Camel spiders can be as large as a frisbee.
3. Camel spiders venom is an anesthetic that numbs their prey. Allowing them to eat the belly of the prey without them even knowing.
4. Camel spiders can jump five feet high.
5. Camel spiders get their name because they eat the stomachs of camels.
6. They eat or gnaw on people while they sleep. Due to the numbing effect of their venom, the victim is unaware until they awake.

Said to eat the belly of the Camel while they run. The Camel never knows they are there. The numbing effect of their venom allowing them to feast on their unsuspecting victom.

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Camel spiders top speed - 10 mph. Which is very fast for a such a small creature..

Size: Up to 8 inches, although many of our readers report larger.

Called camel spiders because they live in the desert.

Camel Spiders are solpugids.. Along with spiders, they are members of the class Arachnida. For more camel spider pictures..


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As a little girl, I was fascinated by the following story as told by my father, Ben Mitton.
He was an aircraft mechanic in the South African Air Force, and during WW2 he was stationed at an RAF base near Addis Ababa ( I used to love saying that word!)  The heat was unbearable, and shade almost no  existant on the barren  airfield. The ground was as hot as a stove top!
He told me huge spiders, almost the size of soup plates, would run full speed towards one, and if you were brave enough to stand still  it would stop in your shadow until the ground cooled. You could then move away without it following you,  but only until the ground heated up again, then the spider would be off again  looking for it's next shady spot!
Apparently the old hands had great amusement with each batch of new arrivals who didnt know about these spiders!
I suspect the spiders must have been camel spiders.

Obviously this story has probably been a bit romantized in the mind of a little girl, and could of course have been embroidered upon by my father to make it more interesting, but reading other stories on your website, there might just be a smidgen of truth to it!

Linda (Mitton) P.
Port Alfred, South Africa


One of our many stories on Camel Spiders:

While working for Al Salam Aircraft company in Riyadh, 2002- 2003 (I left after the Jadawel Compound bombing) we had many run ins with camel spiders in the hanger areas and out in the aircraft run areas. I admit that my first encounter with one scared the hell out of me but it got to be routine. Some were relatively small, others fairly large, all were aggressive like nothing I have ever seen. They would come in, mostly on night shift, walking right up the middle of the hanger. We couldn't take a broom, or anything else, and try to push them out as they would turn aggressive and attack whatever we would use so we finally started keeping coffee cans, and other containers, around and just trapped them and took them out to the fence line and let them go. Of course some did not want to be trapped and we would then introduce them to the "Smash factor" but what a mess that made.

Luckily we had no one bitten, American or Saudi, but there were the usual close calls since we had to start checking everything we opened, carefully, for any intruders. I hope I never run into one of those nasty little buggers again. They must be what B sci-fi movie producers had in mind when they were making all those movies in the 50's.

Common Spider Facts about All Spiders

  • All spiders have silk glands, but not all use silk in spinning webs.
  • Liquid Silk is drawn and stretched from the spinnerets, located at the rear of the abdomen, the liquid solidifies into tiny strands that are strong and elastic.
  • Spider silk is stronger than a thread of steel of the same weight.
  • Spiders use silk for building webs, capturing prey, sperm transfer, lining hibernating, molting or living chambers and constructing egg cases, for draglines and mating bowers.
  • The majority of spiderlings use silk for wind-borne travel.

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